Minnesota Man Killed In Hunting Accident Near Torrington, Wyoming

A 19-year-old Minnesota man hunting near Torrington, Wyoming, was shot and killed while hunting Saturday afternoon. His death has been ruled an accident.

Mark Heinz

January 23, 20242 min read

The North Platte River near Torrington.
The North Platte River near Torrington. (Drone X Wilderness via YouTube)

A 19-year-old Minnesota man died from a gunshot wound Saturday afternoon after an apparent hunting accident along the North Platte River northwest of Torrington, Wyoming.

Maurizio Dadin Justiniano was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders’ efforts to resuscitate him failed, according to a joint statement from the Goshen County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices. The death was ruled an accident.

Several Agencies Responded

Coroner Darin Yates told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that no details beyond what was in the statement were being released.

An emergency call for help went out at about 2:30 p.m., and personnel from the sheriff’s office, Torrington EMS, Lingle EMS and Regional West Medical Center responded.

No details were provided regarding what type of firearm was involved, where Justiniano had been hit, how many other people were involved or what type of hunting he was engaged in at the time of the accident.

Justiniano’s hometown wasn’t listed.

Happened At Wildlife Management Area

The accidental shooting happened on the Rawhide Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The WMA is managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Game and Fish Laramie region spokeswoman Caroline Rosinski told Cowboy State Daily.

Game and Fish was alerted to the incident, but wasn’t involved in the investigation, she said.

Hunting seasons for waterfowl, squirrels and rabbits are currently open on the Rawhide WMA.

WMAs provide public access for hunting, fishing and other activities. The Rawhide WMA encompasses about 812 acres, roughly two miles south of Lingle and eight miles northwest of Torrington.

Mark Heinz can be reached at mark@cowboystatedaily.com.

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